Recipients of the Academy Award, commonly known as the Oscar, always seem to be surprised at its weight.
The Oscar was designed in 1928 by Cedric Gibbons (1893-1960), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s chief art director.
The statuette depicts a knight standing on a reel of film and holding a crusader sword.
Originally, Oscar was made of gold-plated bronze.
Today the base of the twenty-four-karat gold-plated britannium statuette is black marble.
Oscar is 13.5 inches tall and weighs 8.5 pounds.